American Voters On Drugs Their BUY-ological Political Weapon
America on drugs cannot make a rational decision. America’s voting age population is tasked to make a vital decision that effects absolutely everyone in this country. But, what concerns me right now, is that the influence of Big Pharma and Fake Pharma is going to decide who runs the most powerful military in the world.
We already know the percentage of underage Prescription Drug abusers is appalling, because America’s youth is stupid and easily conned. But the percentage of voters abusing Prescription and other forms of drugs is not as well advertised. It frightens me to think that the next American President will be picked by stoned voters.
Stoned voters! The loudest voices of the extreme evangelical right wing is mainly rural. Rural voters are just as addicted as city voters. That makes America’s next president the DRUG OF CHOICE! Big Pharma knows this. Will Big Pharma and Big Oil will choose our next president? These mighty corporations know the emotional buttons to push to get voters to do their bidding. They have instigated a radical right wing religious angle to get these easily swayed to vote with their religion instead of their brain. They mask the selfish narrow view of reality with drugs and tag lines that are not accurate, just to get the knee jerk reaction they desire. Despite tough anti-drug laws, a new survey shows the U.S. has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world..
Prescription drug abuse is the new scourge of rural America. It now leads to more deaths in the United States than heroin and cocaine combined, and rural residents are nearly twice as likely to overdose on pills than people in big cities, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
While methamphetamine addiction has long been associated with small towns, prescription painkillers have overtaken meth as the most abused drugs in places such as southern Indiana, according to local authorities.
Opana is the hot new prescription drug of abuse, sometimes with tragic consequences.
Law enforcement officials are alarmed by the rise of Opana abuse, which they said started after Oxycontin was changed in late 2010 to make that drug more difficult to snort or inject for a heroin-like high. Oxycontin is a brand of oxycodone.
Opana, known by such street names as “stop signs,” “the O bomb,” and “new blues,” is crushed and either snorted or injected. Crushing defeats the pill’s “extended release” design, releasing the drug all at once.
“This Opana pill has really kicked us in the rear,” said Indiana State Police Sergeant Jerry Goodin. “We’ve never seen an addiction like this.”
Oxycontin’s new pills make it harder to crush them into a powder as they instead become gummy and cannot be readily snorted or injected. This drove abusers to switch to Opana or to generic, immediate-release forms of oxycodone, according to John Burke, president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. Drug abuse experts have also found an increase in heroin use.
Endo Pharmaceuticals, which produces Opana, announced in December that it would reformulate Opana. The new pill is being manufactured now.
The new formulation makes it difficult to crush and it turns viscous or “gooey” if an abuser tries to add liquid to it, said company spokesman Kevin Wiggins. When used properly, Opana is indicated for chronic low back and osteoarthritis pain, and cancer pain.
But the old form of Opana is still available, and pharmacy and home robberies are on the rise as addicts search for a way to get their fix, according to police.
“We’re pretty much consumed by it,” Shane McHenry, a detective with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department in southern Indiana, said of Opana. He said users who cannot afford Opana sometimes travel to Cincinnati to get heroin, which is cheaper in smaller amounts.
Fort Wayne, Indiana reported about 11 pharmacy robberies related to Opana since Endo announced the reformulation, according to Fort Wayne police spokeswoman Raquel Foster. The thief would hand the pharmacist a note, as in a bank robbery, threatening harm if Opana was not delivered.
The Opana problem has been reported by abuse experts around the country. In Florida, for example, the number of oxymorphone-related deaths rose to 493 in 2010, an increase of 109 percent from the previous year, according to Jim Hall, director of a drug abuse center at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Some users and dealers get painkillers from so-called “pill mills” — storefront pain clinics that sell drugs for cash up front, often to out of-state buyers who take them for resale.
But the other way users get pills is from their doctors, or by buying from seniors looking to supplement a fixed income. One Opana pill brings up to $90 on the street depending on dosage, so it is tempting to sell, said Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain.
A woman in her late 70s was arrested in Austin, Indiana for exchanging pills for work around her house, McClain said.
“Most of what I see is people with a prescription from their doctors and they need the money,” said Austin, Indiana Police Detective Lonnie Noble. He said the appetite for Opana is “more aggressive” than it was for Oxycontin.
Nashville, Tennessee Detective Michael Donaldson, who also has seen an increase in Opana abuse, said many small towns have “dirty doctors” willing to give out unneeded prescriptions.
Scott County is one of the poorest areas in Indiana, with a median household income of $39,588 in 2010. It was a hot spot for oxycodone retail distribution in 2010, with 48.79 per capita dosage units — the highest in the state, according to Lori Croasdell, a coordinator for CEASe of Scott County, a drug abuse prevention group.
A northern section of Austin in Scott County showed signs of poverty and neglect. Run-down trailers and houses with broken windows and peeling paint were mixed in among well-kept homes and tidy gardens.
McClain said the drugs cause a vicious cycle of poverty, since abusers cannot hold a job. “Most of them sleep until noon, get up, and try to find a way to get another pill,” said McClain.
One reason for the rise in prescription pill abuse is that Americans feel they can fix any problem – pain, depression, anxiety, hopelessness – with a pill, according to Shane Avery, a Scott County doctor. And some doctors, who may mean well but fear being sued for under-treating pain, give out pills better suited for cancer patients to soothe a backache, Avery said.
“The people who abuse prescription medications know how to doctor shop,” said Collins, the Scott County coroner.
The biggest killer is always denial. If you, or your loved one, take prescriptions, and sometimes take more than is prescribed, or ingest any substance, like alcohol, for recreation, stimulation or relaxation purposes, be very aware of how often you decide to take them. Be very aware of your reasoning or excuse to justify partaking anything not intended for nutrition or medication. Denial about your reliance is the first step toward addiction. The most difficult part is always recognizing you may be driven by a physical or mental dependence on something. The definition of addiction is alcohol and drug (including tobacco) abuse (compulsive use despite clear harm to relationships, work and physical health) and dependence (where the body experiences withdrawal when blood levels of a substance drop).
Alcohol and drug addiction is treatable for everyone, even though no two patients are alike. There are several treatment options available to those with alcohol, stimulant or any other substance abuse problems. Public and Private treatment centers are available around the country. Florida is one of the states with high non-prescription painkiller addiction statistics. If you need help in Florida, the Palm Beach Drug and Rehab Center, is a private facility devoted to diagnosis, treatment and recovery for the individual, and their family. Links to other states can be found on the main page..
A nation of drug addicts
Fact is, we are a nation of drug addicts. We drug ourselves, our elderly and our children on a daily basis. We do it with prescription medications, over-the-counter pills, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine… and we say it’s all fine because those drugs are legal.
But wait a minute, you say. Those legal drugs are different from marijuana. They’re FDA-approved drugs, prescribed by a doctor. They have a medical purpose.
Oh really? Ritalin has a medical purpose? What medical symptoms does Ritalin treat, then? What measurable physiological state is addressed with Ritalin? There are none, of course. Ritalin is an authority drug. It keeps children in line. It makes teachers feel less stress and parents feel less guilt. Ritalin is a mind-altering narcotic, and yet millions of children are on it today. Its purpose is not to help children, but to make life more convenient for those who manage children.
You think statin drugs have a medical purpose? Think again. In reality, they only have a profit purpose. These drugs were invented to sell pills that manage disease states in people, not that solve any real health problem. Don’t believe me? Just stop taking your statin drugs, if you dare, and watch your cholesterol skyrocket. You’ll find out you’re a slave to the drug, and no healthier than before.
What’s the difference between legal and illegal drugs?
Corporate and government profits determine the legality
Legal drugs generate windfall profits for those in power
Think about it: if prescription drugs were peddled by street dealers instead of doctors, and if all that revenue changed hands in a non-taxable, non-corporate structure (i.e. street cash), then you’d be seeing full-scale law enforcement action against the makers, distributors and sellers of those drugs. You’d also see endless headlines about how dangerous they were: “Street painkillers kill twelve in South Miami!”
The sad truth of the matter, though, is that those very same painkilling drugs killed at least twelve people in South Miami this very day. But you’ll never here about it in the media. Because the news networks are sponsored by drug companies, of course. (The news is not designed to inform you, it’s designed to shape your reality, to turn you into a consumer of whatever products the corporations are peddling this year. Didn’t you know?)
Every drug that’s legal is legal for one simple reason: somebody in a position of power is keeping it legal because they’re getting a cut.
Non-patentable drugs are usually outlawed
It’s not about your health, it’s about their wealth
Today’s Top Stories on NaturalNews will update you on today’s Pharmaceutical atrocities.
Contrary to the popular belief propagated by the drug industry, taking prescription drugs is a health RISK – not a healthy treatment to a health problem. This backwards ideology has created a nation of extremely sick people, and a whole new generation of drug addicts.
In fact, prescription drugs are now the preferred “high” for many, especially teens, as they are typically used legally, which eliminates the stigma of being a “junkie.” And even if you don’t have your own prescription, drugs of all kinds can be found in the nearest medicine cabinet in most homes.
25 Facts That Show The U.S. Health Care Industry Is One Giant Money Making Scam – How is one supposed to respond when one learns that more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies make over a billion dollars in profits each year? Is it okay to get angry when you discover that over 90 percent of all hospital bills contain “gross overcharges”?
If you doubt the influence of drug makers on our individual life, go to your medicine cabinet right now. Count all the “over the counter” medications and supplements. Ask yourself:
1. When was the last time you saw a medical doctor?
2. Did you leave the office with a prescription?
3. Did you ever question why that particular prescription was offered?
4. Have you ever been in the waiting room and seen a business person puling a wheeled sample cart go right in to the doctor’s office? Ahead of you?
5. Did you ever ask yourself if the quality of life for the elderly has actually improved because they are living longer on expensive drugs that cost more than their fixed income? Are the elderly eating cheaper food so they can buy their prescriptions? Are they living in squalor because their drugs cost more than their housing?
Big Pharma does not care about the consequences of their products. Watch all the prime time commercials encouraging you to ask you doctor for certain prescription drugs. Have you ever listened to how fast these commercials explain the “contra-indications” and dangers associated with these drugs. If you watch late night TV Big Pharma wants you to have more sex and create new customers for their products. I find it perplexing that Big Pharma endorses radical religious push to limit contraception and abortion … Hmmm more customers? Many of these unwanted births will require even more life sustaining medication for the baby and more anti-depressants for the mother. Get ’em hooked before they are born!
When you realize that you are being controlled by any chemical, Addiction Treatment Centers are everywhere. Public and Private treatment programs are available in every state. Hostages to any chemical, not prescribed for legitimate medical purposes, creates zombies.
Because of their chemical dependency and lack of information about prenatal care, pregnant substance abusers are more likely than other women to have poor nutrition before and during the time they are pregnant. Many women also smoke cigarettes; the number one cause of poor birth outcome is smoking. Physical and sexual abuse of children with parents addicted to either alcohol or opiates is as high as 22% in one study of 200 families. If neglect was included, the incidence rose to 40%. Parents who must devote a major portion of their energy and financial resources to their habit have less left over for the child. Violence, disorganization and criminality in the family are more common. All of these factors compromise maternal health and place the developing fetus at risk.
Drug Dependent Newborns – Every day, babies are born addicted to prescription medications. They scream and twitch as their tiny bodies withdraw from the drugs their mothers took during pregnancy. All around the country, this problem grows as the number of prescription addicts rises. What can be done?
Big Pharma wants you to be addicted at birth! Big Pharma wants you tripping out when 2012 deals out whatever catastrophe is in store for the earth! Big Pharma wants to pick the next President of the USA!